I’ve been meaning to do it for quite some time, and something always held me back.
It’s not Lent. I live in a foreign country. My friend/sister/cousin doesn’t have Verizon and texting isn’t free. I need it for work. I need to be active in building a culture of life on the internet. Et cetera et cetera.
But really, the truth is, I love Facebook. I love it way, way too much. I’ll check it upwards of 30 times a day, if nobody is watching. And sadly, even if somebody (or two little somebodies) are watching. And let’s be honest: they’re always watching.
This piece convicted me when I first read it, maybe 6 weeks ago, but I was biding my time and rationalized that I still ‘needed FB’ until I moved back to the US where I could more easily connect with far-flung friends and family.
Well, that time has come. I feel at once free and a little sad to let go of something that I’ve been using daily for the past decade…and then I stop and think, my God, have mercy, what could I have been doing with all those wasted hours over the last 10 years?
Learning a real skill, like baking or sewing. Tutoring someone in English or theology. Reading to my kids. Running another mile. Cooking dinner for a friend who needs a night off. Cooking dinner for my own family. Calling my grandma. Coloring with my 2-year-old. Writing an article. Writing a book. Calling my dad just to ask him how his day is going. Going for a walk with my neighbor. Spending 20 minutes in Adoration. Praying a rosary. Building a lego tower. Doing 50 crunches. Drinking a glass of wine with my husband. Calling my college roommate. Buying my former co-worker a baby gift online. Finishing a freelance editing project. Watching my boys play together. Going for a hike. Visiting a tourist attraction. Praying for our country. Volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity. Watching an episode of House Hunters. Praying in front of a Planned Parenthood.
And the list goes on.
So I’m done. And I’ve no regrets over the lost connections or opportunities. The internet is a big place. And there are far better ways I can spend my virtual time than by scrolling down the endless newsfeed of distraction for ‘just five more minutes.’
Here’s to being more present, more productive, and more intentional with the hours we’ve been given.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some Downton Abbey to attend to.